President Dr Lobsang Sangay addressing the National Convention on Tibet organized by Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch, September 22, 2019. Photo: India Tibet Coordination Office

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New Delhi — 'Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel was right about Tibet. It is a reality now. India is facing the danger and threat of China due to the occupation of Tibet. There are tensions on borders. If Tibet has been free, there was no need for such expenses. Instead, all could be used for the development,' President Dr Losang Sangay told a gathering of Tibet supporters and activists from all over India in large numbers as they joined him recently for the National Convention on Tibet organised by the Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch.

Dr Lobsang Sangay, President of the Tibetan government in-Exile, officially known as Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) addressed the National Convention on Tibet organized by Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch (BTSM), a national Tibet Support Group at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in New Delhi on September 22, 2019, according to the India Tibet Coordination Office.

The program was also presided by Indresh Kumar, Senior RSS leader and leader of Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch, Manoj Tiwari, Member of Parliament Lok Sabha and Delhi BJP President, Harijit Singh Grewal, Commissioner, Punjab Khadi Udyog and Working President of Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch, R. K. Khrimey, National Convener of Core Group for Tibetan Cause – India, Kasur Gyari Dolma and other dignitaries.

At the outset, the program began with the lighting of lamps before the statue of Lord Buddha, portraits of Bharat Maata and His Holiness the Dalai Lama by President Dr Sangay accompanied by Shri Indresh Kumar and other guests. Some classical dances depicting the culture of India were presented before the guests and the audience.

Dr Sangay in his address foremost paid his namaskar and greetings to the large crowd gathered and congratulated Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch on the completion of 20 years. He offered his heartful thanks to all BTSM activists gathered from all over India for the service rendered to the Tibetan movement.

Dr Sangay mentioned that 60 years ago, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel wrote a letter to Pandit Nehru telling about the danger of Chinese occupation of Tibet and its consequences. “It is a reality now. India is facing the danger and threat of China due to the occupation of Tibet. There are tensions on borders. Lots of money are spent on border security. If Tibet has been free, there was no need for such expenses. Instead, all this money could be used for the development of the country.”

"Today, you all are here talking about freedom for Tibet because there is no freedom in Tibet. Millions of Tibetans had been killed, thousands of monasteries had been destroyed and this is still going on. Larung Gar and Yachen Gar, where thousands of monks and nuns study, is being demolished. According to the Freedom House Report, the least free nation after Syria is Tibet. Therefore we need the world’s support and your support, that is India.”

He further said, “Nowadays India talks about Made in India. But I will tell you the original Made in India is the Tibetan movement. Buddhism came to Tibet from India. Tibetan democracy is adopted from Indian democracy. We have drunk India’s water. We have been taught by Indian teachers."

"In fact, His Holiness the Dalai Lama calls himself ‘a son of India’. So the original Made in India are us. If Made in India has to be a success, Tibet has to succeed," the President said, adding: "I believe under the leadership of Shri Indresh Kumar, Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch and other Tibet Support Groups in India, Tibet will be free.”

Speaking on the occasion, Senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar said that India and Tibet are the strength of Himalayas. No one can break that bond. Speaking on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation, he strongly condemned the Chinese interference in the Tibetan reincarnation tradition. “China has no right to decide on His Holiness’s reincarnation. China’s immoral, illegal and unethical interference in religious matters is unacceptable,” he added.

He mentioned that His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself has said that the decision about his reincarnation solely lies on him. His reincarnation will not be born in China. There is a possibility that the next Dalai Lama may be born in India or any Asian countries where there are no shades of China’s presence, he added.

Indresh Kumar who is also the founder of the BTSM concluded by saying that 'the goondagardi and dictatorship of China will not last. Tibet will be free and His Holiness the Dalai Lama will return to Tibet at Potala Palace'.

The National Convention was attended by Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch activists from all over India in large numbers. India Tibet Coordination Office, Delhi Coordinator Jigmey Tsultrim with staff, Tibetan representatives from Samyelling Tibetan Settlement, Majnukatilla and a large number of Tibetans from and around Delhi also attended the program.

In 2013, President Dr Sangay said there was never incursion in the '40s and '30s because India and China were never next to each other. Tibet always served as the buffer zone. Now they are facing off each other. So two of the largest populated country in this planet are facing each other because there is no Tibet as the buffer zone.

The communist-totalitarian state of China began their invasion of Tibet in 1949, reaching complete occupation of the country in 1959. Since that time, more than 1.2 million people, 20% of the nation's population of six million, have died as a direct result of China's invasion and occupation. In addition, over 99% of Tibet's six thousand religious monasteries, temples, and shrines, have been looted or decimated resulting in the destruction of hundreds of thousands of sacred Buddhist scriptures.

Until 1949, Tibet was an independent Buddhist nation in the Himalayas which had little contact with the rest of the world. It existed as a rich cultural storehouse of the Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings of Buddhism. Religion was a unifying theme among the Tibetans -- as was their own language, literature, art, and world view developed by living at high altitudes, under harsh conditions, in a balance with their environment.

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